Bartender Debbie Brooks (first image, top of screen) has been volunteering her services at the VFW post since around 1995. Her husband (deceased) was a Vietnam vet. I asked her if she'd like to tell a story to commemorate him and she said "I gave him 2 kids, that's good enough for me." She said she likes to volunteer because "I'm proud to be an American, and I like the guys, the boys."
Jim Landy, a retired history teacher from New Jersey who now lives in Boca has been coming to the post for "about 20 years." He comes out every memorial day and drinks to his father who is "85 years old, fought in World War II, and is still alive, not too many of those left." He also drinks out of respect to Phil Franchino, a deceased member of the post.
Juan Franco, a civil lawyer by trade, serves as unofficial legal counsel for the post. He says "Everybody's family here. Cept', I hate all these motherfuckers." He's joking of course and hands Debbie a slice of pizza from the pie he ordered and had delivered to the post.
Roberta, a member of the ladies auxiliary of post 3559 commemorates her father, Bobby Torres, Chico from central cab, and all the old time beach folks who are no longer living, her heart goes out to them.
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